The Holy Stone HS300 drone has a great mix of features, some of which really push the drone into “must-have” territory for certain types of pilots. It’s a solid drone that won’t let you down when it’s working correctly and the Its camera has a 1080p HD capacity camera is definitely one of the better models that you can find included with a drone.
We particularly enjoyed the headless flight mode that allows the drone to move according to the orientation of the controller instead of the drone, making it easier to capture video while in the air, just like the Holy Stone HS170.
The Altitude Hold function is another function that really sets this drone apart. This function keeps the drone stable in the air, which is a necessity for when shooting footage. When this is engaged you can simply let go of the throttle stick and watch as the drone stays in the air.
The drone is surprisingly easy to learn how to fly. You can put it in the air and do altitiude hold for photos, it is super smooth, you have a long control range of 150 meters, there is one touch return, and speed control.
1*Drone, 1*Transmitter, 1*1080p Camera,
1*4GB TF Memory Card, 1*Camera Shockproof Device,
2*7.4V 2000mAh/14.8Wh Batteries, 2*USB Cables,
1*Screwdriver, 4*Extra Propeller Blades,
8*Extra Landing Gear Screws,
8*Extra Propeller Guard Screws, 1*Manual
Final Verdict All in all, most buyers are happy we purchased this drone.
The drone controller resembles a typical RC controller, but the controller itself is actually more simple than one might think. It has a typical box construction with very basic controls. On the top of the controller, from left to right, there are a take photo and speed control bumper, an antenna, and a take video and 3D flip bumper.
On the face of the controller, going left to right, there is a left/ right trim control, a power button, and a forward/backward trim controller. Underneath the main set of controls are another set of fine-tuning movement controls on each side.
Under these controls, there are a central readout and a circular set of controls for specific movements. The circular buttons include a headless mode button, a one-touch landing button, a return button, and an emergency stop button.
Getting this drone up in the air does take a bit of work. Depending on your familiarity with drones, it should take you between 15-30 minutes to go from opening the box to preparing for your first flight. That’s not unusual for a drone of this class, especially considering all of the parts you’ll need to attach to the drone. Perhaps the most difficult issue will be getting the camera ready – it’s not a chore, but it does take more work than you might think.
Our first flight was conducted outside on a clear day. Getting the drone in the air was remarkably easy, so we spent more time working with the camera than anything else. Fortunately, the camera is very responsive and it is very easy to use when flying the drone. It’s clear that the controller was designed with would-be photographers in mind, allowing you to keep the drone steady while working with camera controls.
Landing the drone was also fairly simple. We used the one-touch return and landing buttons to put the drone on the ground with ease. Landing manually was a bit trickier, but that’s typically the case with any drone. We were able to quickly put the drone back in the air even after landing, ending our flying experience.
We always recommend taking your first flight when the wind is still. This drone didn’t have any major problems when the wind kicked up, though there was a noticeable bit of resistance when going against the wind, which is to be expected for any drone.